I love Call of Duty franchise regardless of the theme of the game (yes, even if they include zombies). However, I can’t help but feel that COD seems like it belongs in the World War II timeline, which is why I am particularly glad that Activision announced that would be the theme of the next game in the series. Call of Duty: WWII is coming to Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at the beginning of November but let’s take a look now at what we can expect from it.
Who Is the Developer Team?
The COD franchise has multiple development studios responsible for various games. The next in the line, Call of Duty: WWII will be developed by Sledgehammer Games. The first thing I thought when I heard this is that they are not that experienced, at least when it comes to this series. They only worked as the lead developers on COD: Advanced Warfare and they helped Infinity Ward create COD: Modern Warfare 3.
On the other hand, perhaps Activision was looking at how to make the needed refreshment to the franchise. Although the sales are not affected, it is a fact that other recent shooters completely surpassed it on the leaderboard (Battlefield and Titanfall 2). It seems that returning to its core ideas and putting a team that hasn’t worked on WWII-themed games so far is a way that Activision looks to reboot the franchise.
Returning to Its Roots
There is an official trailer available for the Call of Duty: WWII, and it focuses on trying to bring the atmosphere of the World War II and placing us into the setting. You can see tank and plane-warfare, soldiers’ landings on beaches, as well as a lot of brutal action. If you ever watched Band of Brothers, that’s the feeling you get, which should be a good thing, considering that they got it right.
As for the plot of the main campaign, you will play as Red Daniels, a young soldier from Texas. Although he is only 19 years old, he is already fighting on the front lines of the 1st Infantry Division with his squad. Daniels is not the only soldier you will get to control – occasionally you will play as Zussman, who should be Red’s best friend.
After successfully completing the mission(s) in a particular location, you will move to the next one. Here is where the main innovation of the new game should lie. Not only you will visit and fight in many historical locations from the World War II, but you will see a diverse cast that will include various characters from all over the world. That means that Call of Duty: WWII will acknowledge that other countries besides the United States and the United Kingdom were parts of the Allies forces, as well as that not only Germans were the Nazis at the time. According to Michael Condrey, CEO of Sledgehammer Games, we should expect a host of impressive male and female characters on both sides.
During one of the interviews about the game, Condrey revealed that we would also be able to play with a female character. It will be a girl from the French Resistance that goes by the name Rousseau. However, it’s little likely that she will play a prominent role, considering that even the main protagonist is new and there is a need to create a player’s connection with him during the campaign.
There might also be a chance to have several other characters with small roles in the story, but Condrey confirmed that you wouldn’t get an opportunity to play on the side of Axis.
There Is No Super Soldier
Sledgehammer Games is trying to breathe extra realism into the Call of Duty: WWII’s gameplay. The developers are aware that there is no such thing as a super soldier that can destroy the entire enemy’s army by himself. That is why Daniels will often have to rely on mates from the squad during the battle. For example, if you run out of ammo during a fight, your teammates can share their ammunition with you. The same goes for healing yourself because you won’t be able to duck for cover and regenerate your health. Now, you have to use the medic in your squad to get health packs.
Your crew consists of members that have different sets of abilities and skills, but the real problem can occur once one (or more) of them is killed on the battlefield. Yes, AI squad members can lose their lives, which means that it can easily happen that you have no medic available during a mission. Some of their deaths will even be scripted, which adds to the interesting concept of making things more real (and harder ) on the battlefront.
What about Multiplayer Modes?
Modes that enable multiple players to participate have been an integral part of the franchise for a long time now and Call of Duty: WWII will be no different. You should keep in mind the fact that we are going back in time, meaning that you shouldn’t expect high-tech gadgets and stuff like that. Instead, the traditional online multiplayer mode will offer real maps and historic locations from the World War II.
Rumors say that we can expect a Zombie mode in the new COD game. In this mode, players will be able to practice co-op gameplay by teaming up with their friends and taking out hoards of oncoming Nazi zombies. Aside from that, there is a new mode in COD: WWII called just “War.” It is a multiplayer story mode, where team-based gameplay will be essential for completing objectives and missions.
Headquarters is another innovation to multiplayer. It’s a similar thing like hubs in WoW, and it will serve for players to interact and socialize with one another.
Pre-Order for Beta Version
Call of Duty: WWII is set for a worldwide release on November 3, 2017. So far, PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 are the three platforms confirmed for the game. However, there is still a chance that Nintendo Switch owners might get their release, too. As for the beta version, Xbox One and PS 4 owners will get a multiplayer beta if they pre-order the game.